De Beers Group is preparing to pilot GemFair, a digital solution that aims to connect artisanal miners to the global market.

Our Promise

GemFair seeks to foster economic development and empower artisanal miners by giving them:

Traceability

Miners create a digital record of the diamonds they find.

Empowerment

Miners are trained by GemFair and can access tutorials prepared by leading diamond experts.

Fair Value

Miners receive fair value for their diamonds.

Our Solution

GemFair is developing a tailored technology that includes an app and dedicated tablet, supported by a diamond toolkit. This solution seeks to enable the digital tracking of artisanal and small-scale mined (ASM) diamonds throughout the supply chain.

Questions

We welcome any feedback and questions on our programme. If you have a question that is not addressed below, please email us at hello@gemfair.com, and we will get back to you shortly.

  • What is GemFair?keyboard_arrow_down

    GemFair is a pilot project that aims to create a secure and transparent route to market for ethically-sourced artisanal and small-scale mined diamonds. By providing artisanal and small-scale miners with access to the global market and offering fair prices, GemFair hopes to improve miners’ livelihoods and foster the sector’s development as a credible and trusted source of diamond supply.

    For the pilot, GemFair is partnering with the NGO Diamond Development Initiative (DDI) to ensure that participating mine sites abide by a set of audited ethical standards known as the Maendeleo Diamond Standards (MDS), as well as additional standards specific to the GemFair business model.

    GemFair’s proposed solution combines dedicated software (an app) and hardware (diamond toolkit) that seeks to enable the digital tracking of ASM diamonds throughout the supply chain and addresses key challenges and risks relating to artisanal mining activity. The pilot will initially run in Sierra Leone, where the Government has already made significant progress in formalising the artisanal mining sector and where a number of artisanal mine sites are already participating in DDI’s Maendeleo Diamond Standards programme.

  • Why is GemFair engaging with artisanal diamond mining?keyboard_arrow_down

    The artisanal diamond mining sector employs an estimated 1.5 million people in developing countries. Although the task is challenging, GemFair believes that the artisanal mining sector should be recognised and included into the international trade. The aim of this project is to support the sector’s drive for formalisation and contribute to its development.

  • Why are you starting in Sierra Leone and not elsewhere?keyboard_arrow_down

    The Government of Sierra Leone has made great strides in formalising the ASM sector, and we believe that GemFair can offer an unprecedented opportunity to take this process to the next level. Our decision to pilot the project in Sierra Leone was also driven by the fact that our partner DDI has already made a significant progress in improving standards with their cooperating mine sites there.

  • I would like GemFair to come to my country. What can I do?keyboard_arrow_down

    If the pilot is successful in Sierra Leone, GemFair will be looking to expand to other African countries. If you are a government official, a donor or an NGO and would like to speak to the GemFair team, please get in touch.

  • How will GemFair have a positive impact on development?keyboard_arrow_down

    GemFair aims to empower miners by teaching them about diamond valuation and improving their livelihoods by offering them a consistently better deal. GemFair will focus on supporting the Government and other development stakeholders in bringing traceability to the supply chain and formalising the ASM-sector using an innovative digital solution. We will be measuring our impact rigorously through qualitative and quantitative surveys as well as various monitoring and evaluation activities.

  • What standards are you using to ensure that mine sites are indeed ethical, and which NGO partners do you work with?keyboard_arrow_down

    For the pilot, we will be working with the Diamond Development Initiative (DDI) applying its Maendeleo Diamonds Standards (MDS) well as additional standards specific to the GemFair business model, to certify ethical mine sites that can participate in the GemFair programme.

  • What technology are you using?keyboard_arrow_down

    We are developing a tailored technology solution to meet the needs of those in the ASM sector, with dedicated hardware and software. These have been designed to meet the ASM sector’s particular requirements, both in terms of being practical (weatherproof, hard-wearing, functioning in different light conditions) and risk-mitigating (featuring digitally supported bag-and-tag equipment and GPS location of diamonds). If proven successful, the technology used in GemFair will be integrated into the industry blockchain platform De Beers is currently developing, providing an added layer of assurance for ASM production.

  • Does GemFair also trace other minerals, such as gemstones and gold?keyboard_arrow_down

    The pilot will focus exclusively on diamonds. However, with minor tweaks to the software, the solution could potentially be used for other minerals in the future.

  • Will GemFair allow artisanal miners to participate in the blockchain De Beers is developing?keyboard_arrow_down

    We are developing a tailored technology solution to meet the needs of those in the ASM sector, with dedicated hardware and software. These have been designed to meet the ASM sector’s particular requirements, both in terms of being practical (weatherproof, hard-wearing, functioning in different light conditions) and risk-mitigating (featuring digitally supported bag-and-tag equipment and GPS location of diamonds). Over time, we intend to integrate this solution with the diamond industry blockchain De Beers Group is working on, adding an extra layer of security.

Opportunities

GemFair is a digital solution that connects artisanal miners to global markets. Financially backed by the De Beers Group, GemFair is a dynamic and fast-growing startup that is well positioned to become a game changer in a market primed for innovation and to integrate with the De Beers Group's industry leading blockchain technology.

Join us on our mission to create equal opportunities for all by supporting artisanal mining and unlocking global markets.

  • Head of Productkeyboard_arrow_down

    As the Head of Product, you are based in London, and you will lead the product development team to launch and scale GemFair in new markets and product categories. GemFair will soon pilot in Sierra Leone, and as one of the early employees in this new initiative, you will have the opportunity to take an active role in strategic decisions and the overall direction of the venture.

    Responsibilities

    • Recruit and build an all-star product team to achieve the GemFair vision
    • Define, prioritise and execute on a product roadmap that takes the product through MVP and launch
    • Set and measure KPIs that drive key product and business decisions for the company
    • Collaborate with multidisciplinary teams to scope, design, test and deliver innovative solutions in emerging markets
    • Foster a data-driven culture across all functions within the company
    • Manage releases and communication with all internal and external stakeholders

    Desired

    • Experience with logistics and internal operations tools (eg. CRM, ERP, etc)

    Requirements

    • 7+ years of product management experience
    • Startup mentality with track record of launching and scaling digital products
    • Deep understanding of user research, business planning, product design and development methodologies
    • Significant experience managing both consumer products as well as enterprise solutions
    • Excellent leadership skills with experience collaborating with cross-functional teams
    • Ability to set and manage expectations at the executive level

    Apply with LinkedIn

    Or apply by email to jobs@gemfair.com

  • Lead Engineerkeyboard_arrow_down

    As the Lead Engineer, you are based in London, and you will oversee all internal development initiatives, as well as external integrations, such as the De Beers Group's blockchain solution to enable traceability of artisanal goods. As one of the early employees in this new initiative, you will have the opportunity to take an active role in strategic decisions and the overall direction of the venture.

    Our Stack

    • Python, Postgresql backend
    • Heroku and AWS for hosting
    • React Native app
    • React web app
    • HTML5 web app
    • GraphQL API

    Responsibilities

    • Lead on architecture and implementation of scalable and maintainable front and backend services
    • Build smooth and stable products
    • Collaborate with a team of engineers, designers and key individuals
    • Communicate ideas with cross-functional teams in an effective manner
    • Share technical solutions and product ideas through design review, pair programming, code review and technological discussions
    • Utilize a pro-active and responsive approach to problem-solving

    Desired

    • Experience with logistics and internal operations tools (eg. CRM, ERP, etc)

    Requirements

    • 5 years experience of software development
    • Experience in, or willingness to learn, significant parts of our stack
    • Understanding of web accessibility
    • Understanding of offline first development
    • Ability to oversee quality control
    • Strong written and oral communication skills
    • Solution architecture experience
    • Experience with automated testing
    • Experience with devops and automated deployments

    Apply with LinkedIn

    Or apply by email to jobs@gemfair.com

  • Senior Back End Engineerkeyboard_arrow_down

    As a Senior Back End Engineer, you are based in London, and you will own the backend infrastructure and architectural decisions to build and scale GemFair beyond the pilot in Sierra Leone. As one of the early employees in this new initiative, you will have the opportunity to take an active role in strategic decisions and the overall direction of the venture.

    Our Stack

    • Python 3.6
    • PostgreSQL
    • SqlAlchemy/Alembic
    • GraphQL

    Responsibilities

    • Implement scalable and maintainable backend services
    • Build smooth and stable products
    • Build solid APIs to support frontend
    • Utilize a pro-active and responsive approach to problem-solving
    • Collaborate with a team of engineers, designers and key individuals to deliver empowering user experiences
    • Communicate ideas with cross-functional teams in an effective manner

    Desired

    • Experience with logistics and internal operations tools (eg. CRM, ERP, etc)

    Requirements

    • Expert in Python (5 years)
    • Experience with PostgreSQL
    • Cloud experience: AWS (or similar)
    • Experience with automated testing
    • Experience with devops and automated deployments
    • Prefer libraries to frameworks

    Apply with LinkedIn

    Or apply by email to jobs@gemfair.com

  • Senior Front End Engineer (Mobile)keyboard_arrow_down

    As a Senior Front End Engineer, you are based in London, and you will own the frontend development on all mobile products that are both internal and external facing, such as the field app that miners use to register artisanal diamonds from the mine. GemFair will soon pilot in Sierra Leone, and as one of the early employees in this new initiative, you will have the opportunity to take an active role in strategic decisions and the overall direction of the venture.

    Responsibilities

    • Lead the development of our Android tablet app
    • Develop robust offline first experience
    • Improve our build process and deployment
    • Collaborate with a team of engineers, designers and key individuals to deliver empowering user experiences
    • Communicate ideas with cross-functional teams in an effective manner

    Desired

    • Some exposure to designing / building offline first mobile applications

    Requirements

    • 2+ years of experience as a mobile and/or web interface developer
    • Experience using React Native to build great mobile applications
    • Some exposure to designing / building offline first mobile applications
    • Experience with state management libraries such as Redux or Mobx
    • Experience of JavaScript ES6
    • Excited to learn and develop personally

    Apply with LinkedIn

    Or apply by email to jobs@gemfair.com

  • Senior Front End Engineer (Web)keyboard_arrow_down

    As a Senior Front End Engineer, you are based in London, and you will own the frontend development on all web-based products, including internal operation tools as well as external-facing websites. GemFair will soon pilot in Sierra Leone, and as one of the employees in this new initiative, you will have the opportunity to take an active role in strategic decisions and the overall direction of the venture.

    Responsibilities

    • Lead the development of our internal web applications
    • Improve our build process and deployment
    • Collaborate with a team of engineers, designers and key individuals to deliver empowering user experiences
    • Communicate ideas with cross-functional teams in an effective manner

    Desired

    • Experience with logistics and internal operations tools (eg. CRM, ERP, etc)

    Requirements

    • 2+ years of experience as a mobile and/or web interface developer
    • Experience using React to build great web applications
    • Experience with state management libraries such as Redux or Mobx
    • Experience of JavaScript ES6
    • Excited to learn and develop personally
    • Experience of automated testing

    Apply with LinkedIn

    Or apply by email to jobs@gemfair.com

  • Senior UX/UI Designerkeyboard_arrow_down

    As a Senior UX/UI Designer, you are based in London, and you will set the user experience across both the GemFair consumer mobile app, as well as the internal facing administrative platform. You will get to exercise your advanced prototyping skills and entrepreneurial spirit to bring a radical change to the artisanal mining sector.

    Responsibilities

    • Create compelling experiences and interactions for both consumer products and enterprise solutions to drive business results
    • Visualise front-end prototype concepts to varying levels of fidelity to demonstrate and test ideas
    • Conduct user research and provide recommendations in both written and visual format
    • Set expectations and estimate time and delivery of UX/UI components with an agile mindset
    • Apply appropriate UI design patterns and components to the right product
    • Document pattern libraries and style guide

    Desired

    • Experience with logistics and internal operations tools (eg. CRM, ERP, etc)

    Requirements

    • 2+ years of experience in designing UX and UI for both desktop and mobile applications
    • Outstanding portfolio of prior work that demonstrates strong user-centered as well as visual design capabilities across a range of different projects
    • Deep knowledge of visual design theory (e.g., typography, color theory, composition, iconography, etc.) and excellent analog visual communication skills (e.g., sketching)
    • Advanced prototyping skills with Adobe CC (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Fireworks), inVision and Sketch
    • Entrepreneurial interest and business sense
    • Expert understanding of information architecture, workflows, concept development and interaction design
    • Experience in translating user research and usability test findings into iterative product solutions
    • Experience working in agile and lean environments

    Apply with LinkedIn

    Or apply by email to jobs@gemfair.com

  • Business Development Managerkeyboard_arrow_down

    A commercial role including partnerships, sales and account management, along with supporting our leadership team to enable our venture to scale at pace. The role will likely involve frequent travel to both Sierra Leone and to other nations across Africa.

    Responsibilities

    • Define, monitor and report on key business and customer success metrics, celebrating successes and balancing opportunities for improvement
    • Create a go-to-market strategy: define and execute plan to reach users and scale business
    • Plan and coordinate the implementation of business plans and the penetration of new markets
    • Arrange meetings with prospective partners to explain and promote the venture’s mission, vision and values
    • Create roll-out plan: identify and validate relevant markets and expansion opportunities for the venture
    • Devise plans to drive partnerships to support growth across the business in collaboration with the venture’s leadership team
    • Form strategic partnerships with industry and non-industry bodies to leverage their existing networks

    Desired

    • Management consultancy or relevant banking experience highly beneficial
    • Experience in financial modelling highly recommended
    • Experience in developing country strongly encouraged

    Requirements

    • Sustained presentation creation and presentation experience
    • Ability to work across various levels of commercial partnerships
    • Proven commercial acumen and financial knowledge
    • Interest in Africa and willingness to travel

    Apply with LinkedIn

    Or apply by email to jobs@gemfair.com

We are always looking for talented and passionate people to join our team. If you don't see an open position for the role that you are interested in, please do not hesitate to reach out directly to jobs@gemfair.com.

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